Viriditas Courses

The following courses are offered at ‘Viriditas’ each year.

First Option

  • The Traditions, Art and Science of Herbal Medicine’, a six month, one weekend a month course begins each October with Isla Burgess

Viriditas, Centre for Plant Directed Learning and Participatory Science 2018 /19

Begins October 13th and 14th 2018 with

‘Plant Immersion’ Developing The Plant/Person Relationship in Healing 

About the course It is a unique participatory, grass roots, immensely practical course that is a combination of knowledge and wisdom gained over 40 years exploration of the plants we use as medicine.

To register

Please contact Isla on for enrolment details, dates and costs

Book early 7 Participants only.

A pre-course progress payment plan is available just ask.

Second Option

5 day ‘Plant Immersion’ retreat the last week in January

Plant Immersion, Incubation and Inspiration

5 day Viriditas Intensive 2019, with Isla Burgess

January 21st to 25th, 2019, Central Otago, New Zealand

Practical, Participatory, Transformational, Experiential

The Viriditas garden near Wanaka has 150 medicinal plants growing.

This intensive will immerse you into their world.

For more information and to register your interest, please contact Isla on

This is an independent event with no corporate sponsorship or product focus

Please email me for further information about these courses and more.


Therapeutic Issues in Women’s Health 1-3

The teenage experience, the menstruating mysteries, the menopausal mayhem and ageing challenges. What amazing depth and detail there is to discover about a woman’s life. That takes more time than most courses I have seen, offer.

The depth and detail is what this course in Three parts is about. It includes my accumulative experience both clinically AND as a researcher for more years than I wish to acknowledge.  It is a distance learning course

The Three Parts can be enrolled for and studied separately in your own time (within reason).

For course details Please contact me on

***One off Event at Viriditas***

Collaborative process Inquiry – Changing the healing relationship

With Roland Playle and Isla Burgess

This is a Participatory process.

Workshop Up date  November 17.18th 2018.

A Collaborative/Participatory Process does change the relationship where the patient plays a more pro-active role. The collaborative decision making model allows for a shift in both process and context.

Roland Playle has spent many years studying Collaborative Process with both Alan Kaplan  (Reading the Nature of process from a Process of nature- South Africa) and Dr Craig Holdrege of the Nature Institute (US).

The weekend workshop will cover the detail of the participatory process and practical clinical application.

If interested participants could stay through Monday for wild gathering of the Central Otago Thyme.

For course details Please contact me on

The following Kowhaiwhai is a work by the late Rev. John Hovell  Kōwhaiwhai, according to John, is about a process, a short hand summary of the passage of life, a journey. “It is the lifeline, the Manawa, the heartbeat“. Engaging in a participatory relationship with the Plant World is exactly that.